Subway Portrait, New York by Walker Evans (1938-41)

The photograph titled “Subway Portrait, New York” is a work by artist Walker Evans, captured during the period of 1938 to 1941. The image features an individual, seemingly lost in thought, against the backdrop of a subway car’s interior. Above the subject’s head is a sign indicating the train’s route, “7th AVE. LOCAL” with destinations “SOUTH FERRY” and “145th ST. LENOX AVE.” prominently displayed. The lighting accentuates the person’s facial features, while the overall composition of the photograph captures a candid moment in the everyday life of a New York City subway passenger of the time.

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